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Course Requirements | Global Change

Course Requirements

Core Courses

The Global Change minor requires three core courses (7 credits total) and two electives (6 credits total). The goals of the coursework are to broaden your knowledge and experience in global change, to help you orient your research in context of the larger interdisciplinary field, and to provide tools to advance your individual career as a scholar and practitioner in the field of global change. Please plan your course of study well in advance to take full advantage of this program.

Three core courses are required for the GC Minor.

GC 695G - Global Change Toolkit
(1 unit) Spring semester

GC 578 - Global Change
(3 units) Fall semester

GC 597A - Global Change Workshop
Integrative experience for natural and social science students with focus on local and regional consequences of global change.
(3 units) Spring semester (currently offered every 2 years at the moment)

Spring 2018 Course Offerings

GC 597A - Global Change Workshop: Human Dimensions of Global Change
Instructor: Diana Liverman
Time: Tuesdays, 3:00-5:30pm
Room: ENR2 S495

GC 695G - Global Change Toolkit
Instructor: Kevin Anchukaitis
Room: TBA

GEOG 596m - Making the Connection between Science and Decision Making
Instructors: Connie Woodhouse and Dan Ferguson
Time: Mondays, 3:30-6:00pm
Room: Social Science 308

RNR496G/596G - Climate Assessment, Policy and Decision Support
Lead Instructors: Kathy Jacobs and Jim Buizer
Time: Thursdays, 2:00-4:50pm
Room: ENR2 TBA



Global change electives should broaden your knowledge of the field, not simply provide additional depth in your research area. Two approved elective courses are required (6 units). The electives should be selected from the list of courses below, with guidance and approval of the GC PhD Minor faculty on your committee. Courses on this list are offered regularly and have few or manageable (as noted) prerequisites. 

If your research is in the physical/biological sciences, you must choose at least one class from the social science/policy area (List A). If your research is in the social sciences/ humanities, you must choose at least one class from the physical/biological sciences (List B). Please note any prerequisites to be sure you have chosen appropriately, and check with the instructor if you are uncertain about whether the class is a good fit. 

In addition to the classes listed here, many departmental seminars are extremely relevant to interdisciplinary global change and can be counted for elective credit. Such substitutions must receive advance approval by a member of the Global Change executive committee and fulfill the “broadening” objectives as described above. 

We know that course offerings change rapidly, and we would appreciate students notifying us of additional classes that may be relevant to include on this list. 


We understand that unusual circumstances may require modification of these requirements. If you find you cannot meet these requirements due to truly extenuating circumstances, you can petition the Global Change Executive Committee for a modification. You should provide written documentation of your situation and the curricular modification required.